|Full Name : France Baresi
Date Of Birth: May 8, 1960
Place of Birth: Travagliato (BS), Italy
Height: 1.76 m (5 ft 9+1⁄2 in)
Current Club: - (retired)
National Career: 1982-1994
Caps: 81 (1)
Franco Baresi (born May 8, 1960 in Travagliato, province of Brescia) is an Italian youth team coach and former football defender with A.C. Milan, acknowledged as one of the greatest defenders ever to play the game. Baresi was colloquially called "piscinin".
Baresi led the AC Milan team and its defence for the best part of a decade; a period during which Milan's defence was considered by many observers to be one of the best back fours in history consisting of Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Costacurta and Mauro Tassotti. He is also one of the few players who spent his entire career at one club, AC Milan, for whom he played 532 games, scoring 16 goals.
He retired from playing in 1997 aged 37. With Milan, Baresi won six scudetti (Serie A league titles) and three European Cups. He mentored defensive partner Paolo Maldini in his later years, whose career has followed a similar path. His #6 jersey was retired by the club, a rarity for Italian football. After a short spell as Director of Football at Fulham, Baresi returned to Milan as a youth team coach in 2002.
Baresi played in two World Cups for Italy. Baresi was part of the 1982 World Cup squad in Spain aged 22 as substitute of another great defender, Gaetano Scirea, but didn't play. His international debut came later that year in a match against Romania. He also missed the 1986 tournament and made his World Cup debut in 1990 when Italy were the hosts. The Azzurri lost to Argentina in the semi-finals, but went on to beat England in the third place play off.
In the 1994 World Cup he was one step closer to lifting the trophy, losing to Brazil in the final. Despite missing four matches after being injured in Italy's group match against Norway, he underwent emergency surgery and returned to captain the team in the final. He missed the first penalty in the shootout after the 0-0 full-time and extra-time score.
He was also a member of the Italian squad that finished fourth at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.
On May 18, 2006, following the Italian football scandal involving Juventus F.C. and Luciano Moggi which led to the resignation of Franco Carraro from the Italian Football Federation presidency and the appointment of a temporary commissioner, Guido Rossi, by the National Olympic Committee, Albertini was named vice-commissioner of FIGC.
On September 19, following resignations of Guido Rossi, who was in the meanwhile appointed as chairman of Telecom Italia, Albertini announced his resignations too.
In 2002, Baresi was appointed head coach of AC Milan's Primavera Under-20 squad. In 2006, he was moved by the club to coach the Berretti Under-19 squad, with his former fellow Filippo Galli replacing him at the helm of the Primavera squad.
Serie A: 1986-87, 1987-88, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-1994, 1995-96 (6 Titles)
Suppercoppa Italiana: 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994 (4 Titles)
UEFA Champions Cup: 1988-89, 1989-90, 1993-94 (3 Titles)
UEFA Super Cup: 1989, 1990, 1994 (3 Titles)
International Cup: 1989, 1990 (2 Titles)
Italy National Team
FIFA World Cup : 1982
FIFA 100 (125 greatest living players, as selected by Pelé): 2004